The night before Jesus was crucified he was giving important final words to his disciples. Granted, they didn’t understand what was about to happen, even though he had warned them of his coming death. These words were important final instructions as things were about to change for them. In the midst of whatever turmoil, trouble, and trials you are facing, Jesus says “PEACE, I leave with you, MY Peace, I give to you.” John 14:27. PEACE, MY PEACE … He adds “I do not give as the world gives” so “let not your hearts be troubled”.
What is our master saying to us? Is peace a concept? Think for a minute, how do YOU define peace? How do YOU give peace? Jesus says, I don’t give THAT way, so don’t LET your heart be troubled. What is Jesus giving us, in giving us peace? Could it be that it isn’t a WHAT … but a WHO? If you go back up one verse he says in verse 25, “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name will teach you all things and will remind you of everything i have said to you. 27 Peace I lave you …” Now do you see it?
Peace, the peace that Jesus leaves, isn’t a what, it is a who. Peace is a PERSON. It is the 3rd Person of the Trinity, God, The Holy Spirit. We have him, if we have Christ. He gave him to us as a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession. (Eph 1:14) The moment a person gives themselves to Jesus Christ, receives his forgiveness and Grace, they HAVE Peace, in the person of the Holy Spirit.
So, if peace is not active then our focus is OFF the Person and the Reign of the Holy Spirit. We have to allow the Holy Spirit to Reign in us. Colossians 3:15-17 “Let the peace of Christ RULE in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful 16 let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts 17 whatever you do … do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him …” Do you see how it is? Peace is GIVEN to us in the person of the Holy Spirit. But we must LET him RULE in our hearts. He rules in our hearts as we respond to the WORD of God. Remember his job is to remind us of everything Jesus said. So we must KNOW the Word, we must MEDITATE on the WORD, MEMORIZE the word, and then LET it RULE in our hearts. Giving Thanks, because the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives means we HAVE a Future, we have an inheritance, so what can the world do to us REALLY?
When peace is absent, it is because something in our life is operating apart from Christ. “LET” means we have to surrender to the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
Peace Absent = The Spirit is being Quenched in our hearts
Peace Present = Spirit Filled, Spirit Led
Allow the Word of God to run free in our hearts. Memorize, Meditate, Speak Scripture over your circumstance, then Stand on the Word until it becomes a present reality.
Faith is what you hold on to until Promise becomes Reality. If there is not peace in your life, there IS Peace In your Heart, HE is There. Look into His Face, Feel His Hand, Hear His Song
Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is WITH you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in your, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing